The trial of the man dubbed by the Italian media as “ Captain Coward” has been postponed until July 17 amid a strike by lawyers.
Francesco Schettino is charged with 32 counts of manslaughter relating to the fatal running aground of the Costa Concordia cruise liner in January 2012.
Today the wreck of the cruise ship can still be seen off the coast of Tuscany and has even become a tourist attraction.
It is alleged Schettino steered the luxury vessel too close to an island in a risky “Salute” manoeuvre. The ship hit a rock and keeled over.
Schettino is accused of abandoning ship while terrified passengers were still on board. He is the only one standing trial, although he claims others are equally to blame.
The bodies of two of the passengers have never been recovered.